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Clara Maass

Nurse from Germany,United States of America

Clara Louise Maass (June 28, 1876 – August 24, 1901) was an American nurse who died as a result of volunteering for medical experiments to study yellow fever. Clara Maass was born in West Orange, New Jersey to German immigrants Hedwig and Robert Maass. She was the oldest of 10 children in a devout Lutheran family. In 1895 she became one of the first graduates of Newark German Hospital's Christina Trefz Training School for Nurses. By 1898, she had been promoted to head nurse at Newark German Hospital, where she was known for her hard work and dedication to her profession. In April 1898, during the Spanish-American War, Maass volunteered as a contract nurse for the United States Army (the Army Nurse Corps did not yet exist). She served with the Seventh U. S. Army Corps from October 1, 1898 to February 5, 1899 in Jacksonville, Florida, Savannah, Georgia, and Santiago, Cuba. She was discharged in 1899, but volunteered again to serve with the Eighth U.S. Army Corps in the Philippines from November 1899 to mid-1900. During her service with the military, she saw few battle injuries. Instead, most of her nursing duties came in providing medical aid to soldiers suffering from infectious  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1876-06-28
Nationality
Germany,United States of America
Profession
Nurse

Death

Date of death
1901-08-24
Cause of death
Yellow fever

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